Here are the top five stories published in the Reading Chronicle this week (Saturday, February 3 and Saturday, February 10).

1. Reading pub to be demolished with Greggs taking its place

Reading Chronicle:

A pub in Reading that has been closed for years is set to be knocked down and replaced with a drive-thru Greggs.

The George & Dragon off Bath Road is a Greene King pub that was run as a Hungry Horse family restaurant.

But the pub has been closed since the pandemic in March 2020 and never reopened.

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2. Met Office issues yellow weather warning for Berkshire

Reading Chronicle:

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Berkshire as heavy rain is expected across the county.

Residents are being warned of the potential of disruption, particularly to transport during the rainfall.

The yellow rain warning will be in place from 2am on Thursday, February 8, until Friday morning at 6am.

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3. Brewery set to open first bar in Reading town centre

Reading Chronicle:

A popular local brewery is set to its open first bar in the heart of Reading town centre.

Siren Craft Brewery has gone from strength to strength since its foundation in Berkshire in June 2012.

Based out of the Hogwood Industrial Estate in Finchampstead, it has a taproom and has become a popular supplier of beer for pubs throughout Reading.

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4. Reading Sewing Bee set to open February 13

Reading Chronicle:

Reading Sewing Bee, a new sewing room for hire, will be opening its doors on February 13.

The business will offer a collaborative environment for sewers and crafters to share their love of creating with fabrics and fibres, while promoting mending, reusing, recycling, and upcycling.

Owner of Reading Sewing Bee Mara Campbell said: "I am excited to provide a space for sewers and crafters to come together and create.

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5. Dogs Trust: Four gorgeous underdogs looking for their forever homes

Reading Chronicle:

Have you thought about starting 2024 off with your own fuzzy friend? 

The Dogs Trust in Newbury offers a special place for abandoned dogs to settle into before finding their forever homes with caring families wishing to adopt.

From bashful boxers to terrific terriers there is a breed for everyone.